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15 April | 2024

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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Pakistan’s squad announced for Jordan clash

Pakistan Football Federation says home encounter will take place at Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad on March 21, followed by fixture in Jordan on March 26

The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) announced the list of probable for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers round two matches against Jordan.

Scheduled for the 21st of March, the home encounter will take place at Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, followed by an away fixture in Jordan on the 26th of March. The training camp is set to commence on Monday, the 11th of March 2024, in Lahore, with plans to later relocate to Islamabad. Group G includes Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Jordan.

The team will be under the guidance of Head Coach Stephen Constantine, supported by Claudio Altieri as the fitness coach, Rogerio Ramos Dal Solio and Noman Ibrahim as the goalkeeper coaches and Muhammad Ali Khan as the strength and conditioning coach.

‘FIFA World Cup will take place from June 11 to July 19, 2026’

The FIFA World Cup 2026 will be the twenty-third quadrennial men’s soccer championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of the International Association Football Federation (FIFA) – the governing body of football, beach soccer, and futsal to oversee competition among the 211 national associations.

Jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the soccer championship will take place from June 11 to July 19, 2026. The tournament will be the first hosted by three nations and the first North American World Cup since 1994. Also, the tournament will be the first to include 48 teams, expanded from 32.

PAKISTAN SQUAD
  • GOAL-KEEPERS: Salman Ul Haq, Saqib Hanif, Hassan Ali and Abdul Basit
  • DEFENDERS: Mamoon Moosa Khan, Muhammad Sohail, Junaid Shah, Umar Hayat, Haseeb Khan, Muhammad Saddam, Muhammad Hamza Munir, Kamil Ahmad Khan and Muhammad Adeel
  • MIDFIELDERS: Alamgir Ghazi, Rajab Ali, Ali Uzair, Moin Ahmad, Zaid Umer, Zahid Shah and Ali Zafar
  • FORWARDS: Shayek Dost, Fareedullah, Muhammad Waleed Khan, Muhammad Waheed, Muhammad Adeel Younas and Yasir Arafat

The Pakistan Football Federation also confirmed that the FIFA World Cup expanded to 48 teams – an increase of 16 from the previous seven tournaments. He said that the teams will be split into 12 groups of four teams, with the top two of each group and the eight best third-placed teams progressing to a new round of 32, as approved on March 14, 2023 by the FIFA Council.

After hosting Jordan on March 21, Pakistan will face the same opposition in Jordan before playing their last home game against Saudi Arabia and away game against Tajikistan in June. Pakistan have already tasted 4-0 and 6-1 defeats in their initial two matches of the second round of the World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan in November respectively.

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